April 13, 2016 8:45 AM
If you are one of the many Texas property owners hit by hail in the recent spring storms in Plano, Wylie, Fort Worth, Denton, Frisco, Little Elm, Rockwall (and many surrounding cities), and you have holes in your roof and/or skylights, the road ahead can seem daunting.
The first step is to get your home dried-in as much as possible by getting tarps on your roof. In neighborhoods hit by storms, you will suddenly see a convergence of pickup trucks with ladders, roofing flyers on doorsteps and people knocking on doors to sell you roofing services. In areas hit hard like Wylie, the stores were out of roof tarps and large plastic wrap for windows and automobiles in no time.
What should you do? Who should you trust? How do you get your house dry ASAP before the next round of rain comes?
If you have used a local roofing company you know and trust, give them a call. Let them know if water is coming in your home or not. When storms of this magnitude hit, reputable, local roofing companies get very busy and have to operate in a sort of triage mode, attending to those with water coming in their homes first.
If you don't have a relationship with a local roofing company, visit www.ntrca.com and go to our Find a Roofer page. You can do a search by city. Also, check out our advice on hiring a roofing company at www.ntrca.com/advice and www.ntrca.com/consejos (in Spanish). NTRCA warns all homeowners about scam artists and storm chasers, who prey on people when they're most vulnerable, and offers advice on how to avoid them.
If your home needs tarped ASAP, we warn homeowners to please beware of something called "contingency contracts." They are a common practice among shady roofing companies, tying homeowners to the roofing contractor in the event that the homeowner’s insurance company pays for a roof replacement.
The company may knock on the door and promise “free” emergency repairs if a homeowner will sign an agreement or may insist that the homeowner sign an agreement before the contractor inspects the roof. In the fine print, details about the “contract” are written. Don't sign anything with fine print like that! Let that company move on and find another one to tarp your roof!